For the 2021/22 season, English Premier League stars and officials will be sporting a ‘No Room For Racism’ badge on their jerseys, replacing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ badge.
The English Premier League say the ‘No Room For Racism’ logo ‘makes our zero-tolerance stance clear’.
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo featured on jerseys for all the games after last season’s Covid-19 break, in reaction to George Floyd’s killing in America and the subsequent protests.
The English Premier League confirms it will support players who ‘take a knee’ to protest social discrimination at matches.
“We, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackling discrimination,” English Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement.
“Players… have a strong voice on this matter, which we saw last season. We have continued to talk and listen to players on this issue and will support them as well as continuing to emphasise the Premier League’s position against racism.
“Discrimination in any form, anywhere is wholly unacceptable and ‘No Room For Racism’ makes our zero-tolerance stance clear. We’ll not stand still on this important issue and we’ll continue to work with our clubs, players and partners to address all prejudiced behaviour.”
The new EPL season will begin on Saturday when Arsenal visit Craven Cottage to take on Fulham.
Arsenal will be heading into their season’s first English Premier League game in pretty good shape. The only players who were absent before this week were long-term injuries and it looks likes they may have more to add to this list.
David Luiz seems to have a ‘neck complaint’ that is both vague and worrisome.
In his article on the Athletic [£], Ornstein gives few other details about what happened, writing simply, “The 33-year-old defender’s participation is in serious doubt because of a neck complaint that could rule him out for an extended period. Rob Holding is now likely to stay at the club instead of joining Newcastle United on loan.”
With additional reporting from Reuters